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    Posted 6 years ago

    TinyT
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    It's around 3cm long and 2cm wide. It's cold to the touch like stone and is carved with a scarab beetle. It looks opaque until you shine a torch through it then you can see that it's translucent. It appears to have a pale green paint or something on it, maybe in previous years it was green with the scarab then highlightedt in red

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    1. TubeAmp TubeAmp, 6 years ago
      A Scarab, the dung beetle that rolled the Sun across the sky in ancient Egypt, these were originally used as jewelry and amulets.

      During times of modern day discovery and exploration in Egypt, these pieces became popular again as Egyptian revival pieces.

      T A
    2. TinyT, 6 years ago
      Do you have any idea what the material could be?
    3. TubeAmp TubeAmp, 6 years ago
      Not sure, it's something I would need to see in person, however celluloid or bakalite are slight possibilities.

      T A
    4. TinyT, 6 years ago
      Its neither as it won't scratch with a knife or mark with a hot pin. Feels like stone.
    5. TubeAmp TubeAmp, 6 years ago
      It could just be Chech glass, but again, without seeing in person, I don't know ;)

      T A
    6. TinyT, 6 years ago
      It appears to be able to scratch glass quite easily.
    7. valentino97 valentino97, 6 years ago
      Yes, I agree w/TubeAmp - think this is Czech glass from that fab time in the 1920's and early 30's when Carter discovered the famous tomb.
    8. TinyT, 6 years ago
      After doing a bit of research into Czech glass I think I agree with you both. There are even pictures of red Czech glass scarabs on the web and some have the same green finishing.
      I was trying to look into the hardness as it appears to be a lot harder than today's glass. So thanks for the info, I think the mystery has been solved !
    9. MeliG MeliG, 6 years ago
      You sure this isn't cinnabar? The mustard color stuff on it looks like sulphur to me. If you look at it under a magnifying glass does it look a bit porous?
    10. TinyT, 6 years ago
      Thanks, I have just had a look and it does seem a bit pourus, if you dab a bit of water on it and wipe it off you can see where it has been.
      The colour on it is more of a green and it also appears on the back and in the drill holes.
      Is cinnabar translucent?
    11. MeliG MeliG, 6 years ago
      Not really but I think that light being shown through it would depend on the thickness of the item. I have a Cinnabar snuff bottle, will put it over a bright light to compare.
    12. TubeAmp TubeAmp, 6 years ago
      Cinnabar wouldn't scratch glass.

      T A
    13. valentino97 valentino97, 6 years ago
      Geez friends - this is Czech glass from early 20th century. Chinese Cinnabar never had any hints of green around the carving. NO it isn't harder than today's glass, don't test it you might break this lovely old beads. :)

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